In the last few years, the development of public policies and the promotion of civil society organizations have brought disabilities as a social issue to the forefront. Despite these efforts, it is still a tough topic to discuss and progress towards inclusion has been slow. Because they are unable to fully exercise their rights, people with cognitive impairment of physical disabilities face challenges in access to training, jobs and recreational opportunities. In this context, disabled Uruguayan minors and adults have few places where they can learn a sport and develop their social skills as they practice.
Inclusive Volleyball is a project run by Olimpiadas Especiales Uruguay. The project started in 2012 with indoor volleyball, then expanded in 2015 to include beach volleyball. Volunteers teach and coordinate the activities.
The different objectives of this project are to:
The Air Liquide Foundation is strengthening and improving the project by purchasing training equipment.